Today at college we were given information about the HPV vaccine which is now available free in the UK to under 18's and is up there with every other vaccine girls get like MMR and TB. However on the sheet it said things like 'may not be as effective for girls who are already sexually active' and 'possibly' but none of these words were certain. Is it still worth getting the vaccine if i've only been sexually active with one boy and he's only had sex with me?
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If you already have a strain of HPV, the vaccine won't make it go away. Which is why that pamphlet says that it may not be as effective for someone who's already sexually active: that means that there's a chance you have already been exposed to a strain of HPV.
However, there are several different strains of HPV out there that you could still potentially be exposed to over the course of your life. So if you have the opportunity to get the vaccine for free, I'd still go ahead and do that.
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